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Louisville prepares for visit by Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville is rolling out the red carpet for the upcoming visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla -- and certain groups are going to benefit from the event.

To the little ones at the Neighborhood House on West 25th street, it's just another day in daycare.

"Do you know who Prince Charles is?" asked WDRB's Gilbert Corsey.

"You," answered 4-year-old ZoeAnn Willoughby.

"No, not me," Corsey laughed.

But behind the scenes, everyone knows the British are coming.

"She wants to visit," said Pam Rice, executive director of Neighborhood House. "She wants to hear the stories, meet some of the people."

Duchess Camilla's visit on Friday, March 20 falls in line with her passion for food literacy in poor communities. Neighborhood House is a hub in Portland with an emergency food pantry and other critical resources serving everyone from infants to the elderly.

"The fact, honestly, that she is giving the attention to Neighborhood House -- that's huge for us," said Rice.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales is expected to speak on health and the environment at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

The couple will meet up for a cultural event at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

"We're very excited to have him come, and especially to our venue," said Rita Phillips, of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

These are places that have publicly struggled with finances, but are hoping now to capitalize on the worldwide exposure.

A reception is also planned at Churchill Downs. It will mark the first American event for Brooke USA, a UK-based animal welfare group

"For 80 years, The Brooke has been alleviating the suffering of horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest countries," said Cindy Rullman, fundraising development manager for Brooke USA. The organization just opened its first North American office in Lexington. Duchess Camilla is the President.

There are more events scheduled that have not been released to the public yet. All of them are invite-only. The British Embassy in Washington D-C heavily guards the details of a Royal visit. Information on exact plans for each program and times of each visit have not been made available.WDRB has been told the Secret Service is in on the security detail.

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